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Nigeria : Compel National Assembly To Facilitate Southeast's Exit, Kano Politicians Urge Court



The quartet of Nastura Ashir Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam - all politicians from Kano State, have approached 
a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja,  urging her to, among other things; compel the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly to facilitate a speedy exit of the Southeastern states from the country.

The quartet urged the court to impress the urgency of aiding the Southeasterners to leave the country on the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly before conclusion of the ongoing constitution amendment process.

The four Kano politicians(plaintiffs) in a suit filed before the Abuja Federal High Court, noted in a supporting affidavit, that their action was predicated on the need to arrest the spate of violence and destruction allegedly spawned by the agitation for secession, championed by the the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOP) led by Nnamdi Kanu.

They added that they do not want a repeat of the civil war that cost the nation many lives and property worth billions of naira.

They listed the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the National Assembly as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs are also seeking the court order for the following reliefs:

A declaration that, by the combined effect of the provisions of Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and Articles 1, 2, and 20 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the 4th defendant (the National Assembly) is empowered to set in motion a framework for a referendum to allow the Southeastern states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to decide on their bid for self-determination.

A declaration that in view of the provisions of Articles 1, 2, 4, 14 and 20 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the 2nd and 3rd defendants (the Senate President and House of Reps Speaker) have the power to call for a joint session of both Houses of the 4th defendant to deliberate on the agitation for self-determination by the Southeastern states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

An order directing the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants to provide a framework that will pave way for the self-determination of the South-eastern states so as to leave the geographical entity called Nigeria before any further step is taken to further amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Shariff stated, in the supporting affidavit, that IPOB, “founded by one, Nnamdi Kanu, which group has been agitating for self-determination, that is, the creation of the Independent State of Biafra away from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

However, Justice Inyang Ekwo has fixed November 1 for hearing of the suit which was filed on June 24 this year.

The defendants have not yet responded.

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